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Mt Kun ABC Trek

Mt Kun (7070m) is one of the most sought after peaks in the J&K Himalayas. It is part of the the Nun and Kun massif in the Zanskar range of Suru valley (Kargil). Its accessibility makes it a favourite among climbers and mountaineers who wish to try their hand at 7000er peaks in the Indian Himalayas.

The route to the ABC can be covered in two days and this version of our trek allows you to experience this spectacular trail amidst towering snow peaks and glaciers. During the summer, it is also home to Bakarwals (Shepard Nomads) and a variety of flora and fauna. Not to mention the unique landscape of the Zanskar Mountains. It’s a great trek for beginner and intermediate trekkers

6 nights / 7 days .   Suru Valley, Kargil Download PDF
  • Tour Starts
  • Tour Ends
  • Style of Tour
    Trekking (4 days)
  • Max Altitude
    4554 m
  • Approx Trekking
    38 kms
  • Trek Difficulty
  • Best Season
    May to October
  • Stays
    Hotel in Kargil, Organized Camping on treks
  • Meals
    Breakfast and Dinner in Hotel, All meals on the trek
Day 1: Arrive in Kargil from Srinagar/Leh
  • Pick up from Airport and drive to Kargil (5 hours)
  • Lunch Enroute
  • Evening for leisure
Day 2: Acclimatization day and local sightseeing
  • After an early breakfast, we will drive to Hundurman which is border settlement on the LoC between India and Pakistan and check out the Hundurman Museum
  • Visit to Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum, a family run museum that had preserved the silk route history of Kargil
  • Post lunch, explore Kargil bazaar
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel
Day 3: Drive from Kargil to Shafat (3935m). Trek from Shafat to Chumik (4008m)
Driving Distance/Duration: 102 kms / 3 to 4 hours Trek Distance/Duration: 5 kms /2 hours
  • After an early breakfast, drive from Kargil to Shafat
  • Start trekking from the road head till Chumik
  • The trail goes into Shafat nala along a defined foot trail through a green pasture land till the snout of the Z1 glacier
  • Today is going to a short and easy hike but provides great views of the Zanskar mountains
  • Camp overnight in Chumik
Day 4: Trek from Chumik to Kun Basecamp (4554m)
Trek Distance/Duration: 10 kms /5 hours
  • Todays trail will begin with walking through the boulders and moraines
  • Taking the right bank of the Z1 glacier, we will first negotiate the crest and then get onto the tricky glacier section
  • This section has to be negotiated carefully as there are many loose boulders and steep falls along the glacier
  • Arrive at the Kun advance basecamp by evening and setup camp
Day 5: Glacier Walk on Shafat Glacier
Trek Distance/Duration: 8 kms /5 hours
  • Wake up to the views of Z1 and Z4 peaks and the many glaciers surrounding the campsite.
  • Today we will go for a glacier walk on the Shafat glacier
  • Return to camp by evening
Day 6: Trek from Kun basecamp to Shafat. Drive to Kargil
Trek Distance/Duration: 15 kms /5 hours Driving Distance/Duration: 102 kms / 3 to 4 hours
  • Today we will start our descend journey back to Shafat
  • After breakfast, wrap up and trek back the same route till Shafat road head
  • Arrive in Shafat by lunch time
  • Post lunch, drive back to Kargil
  • Overnight in hotel
Day 7: Departure from Kargil to Leh/Srinagar
  • Early morning drive to Leh or Srinagar
  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Transport to and from to Kargil
  • Trek point transfers
  • Transport for sightseeing
  • Breakfast and dinner at hotel in Kargil
  • All meals on the trek
  • Twin sharing rooms at hotel
  • Dome tents on trek
  • Camping gear (sleeping bags, mattress, two man dome tents, toilet tent, dining tent)
  • Safety gear (ropes, ice axe, micro spikes)
Medical Services:
  • Onsite first aid
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Trained and experienced guide/trek leader
  • Kitchen and support staff
  • Porters/Mules
  • Trekking permits
  • Camping charges
  • Single room accommodation
  • Lunch during stay in Kargil
  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal equipment such as walking sticks, rain coats, gloves etc
  • International & Domestic flight fares, visa charges
  • Monument/monastery and Museum visit fee
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry.
  • Cost incurred due to emergency evacuation
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Personal Mules & porters. You can request for one in advance while booking
  • Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
  • Cost incurred due to change / extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc
Mountain Ethics
  • We have a zero trash tolerance policy. We always clean up after ourselves on all hikes and trips
  • We use portable T3 tents and portable toilets and wash basins at our campsite which are cleared and wrapped up at the end of each journey.
  • Our camp locations are temporary and we don’t keep any permanent fixtures at the location. We say no to plastics
  • Be Local – there is no harm learning at few local words while you are there. It always helps in building a rapport with the locals and blend in. Try to eat and buy locally. Carry your own water bottles.
Equipment & Safety
  • We use comfortable mattresses with -10degree sleeping bags
  • There is no electricity at most of our campsites as they are at remote locations. We use solar powered tent lamps.
  • Our trips require a moderate level of fitness.
  • The maximum altitude for treks can go upto 6100m
  • Drink lot of water to stay hydrated and to avoid mountain sickness
  • We always carry a first aid kid and a portable oxygen canisters for emergencies
  • Average of two guides are provided for a group of 10 people
Creating “Shared Value”
  • We respect the local traditions and customs. We will always brief you regarding these each time you travel to a different location. We encourage you to be open and free while travelling to these locations and invite you to explore the region in its true sense.
  • We focus on engaging local communities in our work to create livelihoods locally. Most of our camps/homestays are managed by the local villagers and local youth is engaged as guides/hosts
  • We organize workshops to train local communities and youth for technical training in mountain guiding, hospitality and responsible tourism. If you are interested in contributing, do let us know.
What to carry?
  • Valid ID proof (Passport/Voter ID/Drivers Licence)
  • No suitcases. Opt for 70 to 90 litre backpacks
  • Water-proof trekking shoes
  • One down jacket or warmer for chilly nights
  • Rain poncho or jacket/windcheater (a must!)
  • Thermal inner (not advisable to wear it while trekking)
  • Trekking pants (one spare)
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Sun goggles
  • Trekking pole
  • Spare under garments and socks (three pairs max)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (preferably wearable)
  • Water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one litre capacity
  • Personal toiletries
  • Power bank (if you want to use phone camera)
  • That book you’ve been meaning to read
Additional Information:
  • You are expected to sign an indemnity and risk assumption form
  • You are expected to be in reasonable shape and physically fit to carry out the activity and to carry your personal gear
  • The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various unavoidable reasons.
  • The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variance in the actual distances & altitudes is possible.
Fine Print & Trip Specific Important Information:   By signing up for a trip with Roots, you acknowledge that you have voluntarily applied to participate in this trip and that you have read the description of the trip as it appears on the website and the information below: You are expected to carry your own luggage. If you need a porter/mule during treks please inform us in advance.
  •  Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make you as comfortable as possible. But in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite& adjust to these situations then & there. The final call will be taken by our Lead Guide on location.
  • The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various unavoidable reasons.
  • The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variance in the actual distances & altitudes is possible.
  • You are expected to be in reasonable shape and fitness, being able to walk for several hours at a normal pace as well as to take care of your own equipment.
  • You are required to produce a Medical Fitness certificate before starting the trip.
  • The minimum age restriction for this trip is 18
  • All outdoor related activities involve a certain level of risk. You are expected to sign an Indemnity Form in agreement to the risks involved through part taking in such outdoor activities.
  • Roots Ladakh reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals and photographs submitted by them on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes